Neil Thompson’s Lesson for Living – Don’t make decisions when feelings are running high

As human beings, we are, of course, emotional creatures just as much as we are rational, if not more so. This means that any attempt to understand human actions without taking account of the emotional dimension is likely to be, at best, incomplete and potentially totally misleading. Part of the reason emotions are so significant is that our emotional response to a situation can actually change the way our body reacts. For example, if we are anxious, angry or frightened, ...

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Seth Godin’s blog – The tragedy of small expectations

Ask a hundred students at Harvard Business School if they expect to be up for a good job when they graduate, and all of them will say “yes.” Ask a bright ten-year old girl if she expects to have a chance at a career as a mathematician, and the odds are she’s already been brainwashed into saying “no.”

Expectations aren’t guarantees, but expectations give us the chance to act as if, to trade now for later, to invest in hard work ...

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Emotionally intelligent leaders

Understanding the new demands placed on workers and how to manage a stressed workforce is challenging. Gender differences compound the problem. According to a new study by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business,  organizational pressures are producing conflict within professionals and men and women respond differently.

“Women who had trouble with the work hours tended to take formal accommodations, reducing their work hours…In contrast, many men found unobtrusive, under-the-radar ways to alter the structure of their ...

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Entrenching inequality

Public transport is a significant and escalating cost for many people. But while
transport may be a drain on the finances of some, for others the cost is far more
debilitating. This matters, as it means the poorest in society are unable to travel
as far or as often, limiting their ability to compete with the better off for jobs and
decent pay. This report reveals how this inequality is embedded within our
transport system through government subsidies, further increasing overall economic
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